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SmartSound Software, Inc.
8550 Balboa Blvd.
Suite 180

Northridge CA 91325

Phone: 1-800-454-1900
Fax: 1-818-920-9152
Contact: sales@smartsound.com
Web site: http://smartsound.com
Company Profile

SmartSound Software, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of royalty-free customizable music and music soundtrack solutions for visual content creators. Unlike other royalty-free music providers, SmartSound offers advanced editing and customizable features with its award-winning software, Sonicfire® Pro. Using Sonicfire Pro, creative professionals can quickly search through thousands of music tracks, edit a track to any length of time, adjust volume levels of individual instruments, move beats to match video sequences, and more. Additional SmartSound products include: Quicktracks® for Adobe Premiere® Pro / Elements software and the Strata®, Film Score, Producer, Edge, Audio Palette, Sound Palette, and Movie Music collections of music and sound effects.

SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 is a comprehensive music solution offering all media creators the unique ability to edit thousands of customizable royalty-free tracks. Innovative features such as Mood Mapping® and Timing Control™, allow users to adjust individual instrument layers and align beats to match video sequences.

Sonicfire Pro 5 now plugs directly into Final Cut Pro 6 and 7. Using SmartSound’s Sonicfire Pro 5 plug-in, users are able to set markers or in/out points in their video sequences, which Sonicfire Pro 5 can then read in order to deliver perfectly timed custom music tracks.

SmartSound's Quicktracks is a free feature built into Adobe Premiere Elements 7, which allows users to search through and purchase thousands of royalty-free tracks that can easily be edited to any length of time and added to your timeline.

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  • Preview our entire royalty-free music library.
    Music categories include Atmospheric Beds, Cinematic, Compilations, Corporate, Documentary, Rock / Hip Hop / R&B, Sound Effects, TV / Promotion / Trailers, Weddings & Events, and World / Travel.
  • Sonicfire Pro 5
    Learn more about our award-winning music software, Sonicfire Pro 5.
  • Sonicfire Pro 5 plug-in for Final Cut Pro
    Learn more about our Sonicfire Pro 5 plug-in for Final Cut Pro.
  • Free trial
    Download a 21-Day Full-Featured Free Trial, which includes access to Sonicfire Pro 5 Scoring Edition, 10 Multi-Layer music tracks, 46 hit files, and our Final Cut Pro plug-in.
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SmartSound to Launch Web-Based Music Customization at NAB Show on April 11th
New SmartSound Quicktracks® will give customers instant access to customize and download any track from SmartSound's entire royalty free music library
SmartSound Announces Music Plug-in for Avid Studio and Pinnacle Studio v15
New Sonicfire Pro Plug-in Adds Custom Instrument Mixing and Music Scoring Ease to Any Avid® and Pinnacle Studio Video Production
In the Studio: Avid Media Composer 5 and the Matrox MXO2 Mini
Marc Franklin | The latest edition of Avid's flagship desktop system, Media Composer 5 (MC5) is said to be the company's answer for people who said they went to FCP or Adobe Premiere Pro because "Avid didn't listen." Let's take a look.
In the Studio: Can Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 Get the Job Done?
David McKnight | Sony Vegas expert and 2009 EventDV 2009 finalist Rusty Brown consider the pros and cons of Sony's feature-enriched $99 Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 for pro wedding and event videographers and others contemplating taking the Vegas plunge.
SmartSound® Adds More Vocal Music to their Voxation Series
'Voxation Series' enables easy creative blending of music and vocals to deliver unique, lyric-driven themes for any production
SmartSound Reveals Music Workflow for Adobe After Effects CS5
New video tutorials created by Adobe Certified Expert, Jeff Foster, show an amazing music soundtrack workflow not available from any other music source
SmartSound to Debut Customizable Music with Vocals at NAB 2010
New 'Voxation Series' enables easy creative blending of music and vocals to deliver unique, lyric-driven themes for any production
SmartSound Provides Multi-Layer Music Support in Corel VideoStudio Pro X3
Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 is the first video editing software to integrate SmartSound's most powerful and creative music soundtrack technology
NAB 2009: The Best of for the Rest of Us
Marc Franklin | The hottest new announcements and releases of NAB 2009 for the videography world
EventDV Chooses Best of NAB 2009; Presents "Almost Live at NAB" 4-part Series for EventDV-TV
Fourth annual "Best of NAB" list selected by contributing editor Marc Franklin recognizes new cameras, production gear, and postproduction solutions
New Final Cut Pro Music Plug-In Unveiled by SmartSound
Sonicfire Pro plug-in provides seamless integration with Final Cut Pro for music soundtrack creation; see it for the first time at NAB 2009
Smartsound Expands Soundtrack Creation Dominance With Three Technology Licenses
Leading NLEs Drive Customer Value, Loyalty, and Superior Sound Quality Using SmartSound's Patented Music Scoring Process
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In the Studio: Smartsound Sonicfire Pro 5
Jan Ozer | With Sonicfire Pro 5, SmartSound has enhanced your ability to find different songs, but more importantly, it has dramatically improved your ability to customize songs to fit your video content. Specifically, the new Timing feature lets you choose a generic song from SmartSound's library and make it sound like it was custom-written for your commercial, tutorial, or other video project.
SmartSound Sonicfire Pro Version 5 Now Available; Becomes First Music Library to Offer Timing Control
Ability to precisely time musical events to key points in a video timeline adds incredible power and dramatic impact to productions
NAB Attendees Get Sneak Peek at Revolutionary Timing Control and Music Search Features in SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5
Ability to precisely time musical events to key points in a video timeline adds incredible power and dramatic impact to productions; new Sensory Searching feature makes finding the right piece of music a dynamic part of the music scoring process
NEW VIDEO TUTORIAL: Stabilizing Your Video With proDAD Mercalli
In this video tutorial, EventDV Moving Picture columnist Jan Ozer explains how you can stabilize your video effectively and efficiently with proDAD Mercalli using a host of well-chosen presets and more.
SmartSound Celebrates Release of 50th Disc from the Strata Series of Customizable Multi-Layer Music at DV Expo 2007
Collection includes music created by leading composers for major productions; SmartSound's customization features make tracks fresh and unique for each production
SmartSound Releases Customizable Versions of Classic TV and Film Music from EMI Music Publishing Catalog for Home Video Use
Video enthusiasts can now customize the original music from their favorite classic films and TV shows to their home movies using the SmartSound feature in leading video editing programs
SmartSound Customizable Music Featured in Roxio Easy Media Creator 10
Adding SmartSound's industry-standard solution to leading consumer video editing suite makes creating a high-quality score fast and easy
NAB 2007: 12 New Products to Watch
Marc Franklin| While this year's NAB show didn't have as many wows as last year's, there were a number of new products and technologies unveiled that will have an impact on the event videography market in the coming year and beyond. From standard-setting HD cameras to innovative animation tools to major new entries from Apple and Adobe and a stunning studio-in-abox, here are 12 products to watch from NAB 2007.
SmartSound and Sony Creative Software Reach Patent License Agreement
Terms of agreement give Sony Creative Software a non-exclusive license to three SmartSound patents which allow for the automatic editing of music to fit user-specified lengths
SmartSound Introduces Sonicfire Pro 4.5 and BackStage Website at NAB 2007
New Smart Recall Feature in Sonicfire Pro 4.5 Innovates Music Workflow; BackStage website leverages SmartSound’s unique technology leadership among music libraries to deliver creative new music content and automated solutions to production companies that have adopted this exciting new music library platform
Avid Delivers Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro for Intel-Based Macs
Company also unveils revolutionary phonetic speech recognition capability and the industry's most efficient HD codec for offline editing
SmartSound Quicktracks for Adobe Premiere Now a Free Download
Windows-only software includes 10 royalty-free music scores that can be custom-fit for any video project, and can be downloaded by users of Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Premiere Elements
Review: Sony Vegas+DVD Production Suite
Jeff Sauer | There’s a lot to like about the new Vegas+DVD Production Suite, particularly if you happen to shoot with XDCAM. Vegas 7’s improved HDV support will appeal to a much broader audience, as will the faster audio processing, and the new DVD Architect features advanced scripting and some nifty DVD timeline enhancements for motion menu designers. Vegas remains quirky in places, but it’s a deep editor with a lot of features, and most of those features are right at your fingertips in the main interface.
EventDV's Best of 2006: Editors' & Columnists Picks
2006 was an action-packed year for new product releases in the event video space, from the pre-NAB launches of Adobe's Dynamic Linked Production Studio and SmartSound's Mood Mapped Sonicfire Pro 4, to the CMOS-charged HDV cameras that electrified IBC. And if the much-hyped debuts of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc didn't make much of an impact in our business this year, there were plenty of new entries that did. We polled our contributing editors and columnists for their Best of 2006 list, and here we present the winners.
SmartSound Presents "Do-It-Yourself Music Scoring for Independent Filmmakers" at Santa Monica Apple Store on Nov. 16
Filmmakers will learn about SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4 with Mood Mapping, the hottest tool in the industry for scoring their projects
Motion Picture Editors Guild Offers Free Seminar on SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4 Music Scoring Technology on Nov. 9
Session shows members how SmartSound's breakthrough Mood Mapping™ feature can give them advanced customization control over their music scores
The Moving Picture: Juicing Your Audio
Jan Ozer | Exposure to Digital Juice’s product line dramatically changed my view of production elements that I formerly considered static. Here's a look at their StackTraxx digital music offering.
Review: Sony Cinescore
Jan Ozer | Sony's new Cinescore application ($199) goes head-to-head with SmartSound's Sonicfire Pro as a soundtracking tool for video producers. Cinescore's ever-growing library of royalty-free music is vast but often hard to search to find the track you want. Its customization options are extensive, but they feel more like an invitation to experiment and change your music than to fine-tune your selections, which I suspect is the goal for most of us.
Review: SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4
Tim Kennelly | SmartSound Sonicfire Pro (SFP) has been an excellent tool in the videographer's aresenal for years, supplying royalty-free, customizable soundtracks. Now SmartSound has upped the ante, introducing SFP 4 with Mood Mapping and the new Strata Series libraries. Adding the ability to adjust the mood and up to eight individual musical instrument tracks with both present choices and full manual control allows editors of all skill levels to use the software with effectiveness and precision.
SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4 Pre-Installed onto Wexler Video's Rental Workstations
Around 400 Avid Unity, Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro systems now include the award-winning SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4 software and SmartSound's music library
NAB 2006: 12 New Products to Watch
Marc Franklin | Here's a list of 12 products that debuted at NAB 2006 and are poised to make a major impact in our industry over the next year, and a brief explanation of why they made the list.
Avid Liquid Chrome HD Delivers Greater Format Flexibility and New Effects Tools
Features new effects tools and toolset enhancements
SmartSound Introduces Sonicfire Pro 4 with Mood Mapping to "Redefine" Music Scoring for Film, Television and Video Professionals
New approach lets users adjust the mix and feel of their music to match the changing mood of their production
Review: Ulead MediaStudio Pro 8
Jan Ozer | In designing MediaStudio 8, Ulead obviously decided to pick their markets, not directly facing off against the 800-pound gorillas, but carving out unique pockets of utility, like proxy editing for those editing HDV on underpowered computers and the Smart Compositor for those needing some design assistance. Overall, the product is competent to above-average in most important features, and its friendly interface should be easy for editors navigating upwards from consumer programs, especially compared to the cryptic Pinnacle Liquid Edition and Avid Xpress DV.
Avid Announces the Avid Liquid Product Line
Company re-brands products from Pinnacle acquisition; introduces new version of flagship all-in-one video solution
Review: Serious Magic Visual Communicator Pro
Visual Communicator Pro brings broadcast-quality effects and compositing to the masses. With real-time video effects and transitions, attractive templates and graphics, music loops from SmartSound, and a version of Sonic’s MyDVD, Visual Communicator Pro delivers both a video studio and a post-production facility in a single box.
Review: Pinnacle Studio 9
Studio 9 offers astute extensions of Studio 8’s strengths and adds features for prosumers and consumers alike, from an enriched effects palette to spatial sound fading and mixing to an opened architecture for third-party plug-ins and a cool automatic music-video generator called SmartMovie.
SmartSound Announces New Indie Film Music Pack and SmartSound Indie Film Studio Contest
New Indie Film Music Pack gives filmmakers a head start on their movie soundtracks
Ulead Announces Free Beta Preview of Updated MediaStudio Pro Video Editing Package
Provides advance look at new features in high-end editing package
SmartSound Lowers Price of Sonicfire Pro
New pricing helps more video suite users score their movies faster and more professionally
Review: Ulead VideoStudio 8
Stephen F. Nathans | Ulead VideoStudio 8 is a new version of a popular video tool that hasn't forgotten its roots. Even though it expands a lot in one firection--toward ultra-consumer automatic editing--and a little bit in the prosumer direction with new filters and basic picture-in-picture, most of its enhancements target the entry-level editing space that VideoStudio has helped define.
SmartSound and Artbeats Team Up to Provide Royalty-Free Music and Stock Footage
Artbeats customers to get SonicFire Pro with purchase of two-pack
SmartSound Technology Powers Soundtrack Creation in New CyberLink PowerDirector 4 Home Video Editing Software
Quicktracks embedded in PowerDirector 4 for "block"-method soundtrack development
Symphony Classes Highlight Sonicfire Pro's Value to Editors
Instruction in video and audio editing for professional editors
Rule of Three
Review: Editor's Choice--SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 3.2
It’s hard to beat Sonicfire Pro for all-around soundtrack creation flexibility and functionality. The interface is clean and intuitive, and it’s flat-out a breeze to learn. If you’re only going to buy one soundtrack creation tool, and you’re not a composer yourself, Sonicfire Pro’s the way to go.
Review: TriLab Productions Digital Hotcakes Wedding Essentials Volumes 3 & 4
One company that’s taking on Digital Juice in the motion graphics market is TriLab Productions, with its Digital Hotcakes line. They offer a number of products designed specifically for the wedding market, as well as other animation sets such as Abstract Backgrounds, Nature Animations, and Worship Backgrounds. Here we sample two sets of Wedding Backgrounds, Volumes 3 and 4. There’s a host of attractive and relevant, easily imported material here for wedding videographers, and all the greenscreen clips clear very cleanly in NLEs like Premiere Pro and Vegas.
Safe and Sound
Geoff Daily | The perfect song is a hallmark of the perfect wedding. But what about the perfect wedding video? If you want to sync that song to your footage, you’ve got to pay the copyright holder, and without a scalable fee structure in place, owners of desirable copyrights are unlikely even to negotiate with videographers. Royalty-free music sources offer one alternative, as do original compositions. But if your competition promises the perfect song, copyright be damned, how can you keep up and still stay on the safe side of the law?